MONROE – McKayla Anderson shot a two-round total of 144 (71-73) for even par and Lina Lagergren had a 1-over 145 (76-69) to help lead McNeese State into a tie for first place after day one of the ULM Fred Marx Invitational on Monday.
Lagergren, playing in her first round as a Cowgirl after transferring from Louisiana-Monroe, followed a first round score of 76 with a personal best 69 in the second round and will enter Tuesday’s final 18 holes tied for fifth overall in the individual scoring.
Anderson is one stroke off the lead after she had a 71 in the first round and finished the day with a 73.
“This is an awesome start to the season,” said head coach Mike Fluty. “I couldn’t have asked for anything better.”
The Cowgirls finished the day tied for first place in the 16-team field with Southern Mississippi with a team total of 593.
“Our team spirits are really high,” said Fluty. “The girls were very pumped up when we started, so much the hardest part of my job today was getting them to calm down. Because of how excited we were, we bogeyed a few of the first holes, but when they calmed down, they settled in and put it on cruise control.”
In addition to Anderson’s and Lagergren’s scores Kelsey Haynie finished the day 5-over par and in a tie for 12th overall with 73-76 rounds.
McNeese’s two freshmen also did well – Dolores Brown (77-78) and Rebekah Pruett with an 81-80.
“Lina was playing in her first rounds up against her former teammates and coach and she handled it like a veteran,” said Fluty. “She got off to a shaky start with a 41 in the first nine holes but settled in and shot a 35 on the back to finish the round with a 76. She came back with a personal best 3-under 69 in the second round. She grinded it out.
“We did a great job of controlling the ball very well. We hit it in the fairways, had nice up and downs, and just played solid golf all day.
“We made some minor mistakes but nothing huge. They were all mental, nothing physical. That’ll be the key for us tomorrow (Tuesday). We need to make sure we keep our minds slowed down. That will be a big factor.”
Sam Houston State turned in a team score of 596 for third place followed by Lamar and Troy with 600 scores. ULM followed with a 601, South Alabama at 606, Stephen F. Austin 611, McLennan CC and Northeastern State 614, Houston Baptist 616, Oklahoma City 617, Western Kentucky 626, Centenary 652, Jackson State 657 and UNO at 711.
The final round will get underway with an 8:30 shotgun start on Tuesday morning. Lagergren will be teame3d with Southern Miss’s Juliana Herrera (7th at 146) and Jessica Borth of Sam Houston State (12th with a 149) while Anderson will play with Brandi Rodriguez of Southern Miss (T3 with a 144) and Shelby Hardy (T5th with a 145).
“This is by far the best two back-to-back rounds Cowgirl golfers have put together in two year,” said Fluty.
T1. McNeese State 593 +17
T1. Southern Mississippi 593 +17
3. Sam Houston State 596 +20
T4. Lamar 600 +24
T4. Troy 600 +24
6. Louisiana-Monroe 601 +25
7. South Alabama 606 +30
8. Stephen F. Austin 611 +35
T9. McLennan CC 614 +38
T9. Northeastern State 614 +38
11. Houston Baptist 616 +40
12. Oklahoma City 617 +41
13. Western Kentucky 626 +50
14. Centenary 652 +76
15. Jackson State 657 +81
16. U. of New Orleans 711 +135
T3. McKayla Anderson 71-73 – 144 E
T5. Lina Lagergren 76-69 – 145 +1
T12. Kelsey Haynie 73-76 – 149 +5
T41. Dolores Brown 77-78 – 155 +11
T63. Rebekah Pruett 81-80 – 161 +17
Cowgirls Playing as Individuals
T55. Elin Andersson 79-79 – 158 +14
T76. Alexandra Graf 86-80 – 166 +22
T85. Kendall Tudor 87-88 – 175 +31
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